Inherent Vice script
Inherent Vice (2014)
Synopsis: In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

SORTILEGE:

Was that Shasta’s car I saw down

the drive?

DOC:

She stuck her head in for a couple

minutes...

SORTILEGE:

Are you broken up?

DOC:

Kind of weird seeing her again.

Figured next time I did it’d be on

the tube not in person...

SORTILEGE looks at DOC with sweetness, then at HIS HAIR:

SORTILEGE:

Better do something about that.

DOC:

Again?

SORTILEGE:

I can’t say it enough -- change

your hair, change your life.

DOC:

What do you recommend?

SORTILEGE:

That’s up to you. Follow your

intuition.

7.

(ETC. -- Pizza talk here.)

CUT TO:

5 INT. DOC’S APARTMENT 5

He sits on his couch. THE MUSIC PLAYS. He’s on the

phone, it’s ringing to no answer. His hair is rolled

into plantation-style knots. He’s rolling a joint.

SORTILEGE (V.O.)

There was an ancient superstition

at the beach, something like the

surfer belief that burning your

board will bring awesome waves,

and it went like this: Take a Zig-

Zag paper and write your dearest

wish, and then use it to roll a

joint of the best dope you can

find and smoke it all up, and your

wish would be granted. Doc’s wish

was simple... (just that Shasta

Fay be safe...)

He writes on the rolling papers a small note in pencil:

“To Shasta’s Safety. With Love, Doc.” Smokes it and

calls his AUNT REET (50s) who lives down the street --

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. AUNT REET’S HOUSE

She’s applying ten tons of various makeups, spraying some

on, applying with ten gallon brushes and dipping her face

into other paints.

AUNT REET:

Make it quick, Larry, I’ve got a

live one tonight and a quarter ton

of makeup to put on yet --

DOC:

Okay. Mickey Wolfmann, what can

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Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970) also known as P.T. Anderson, is an American filmmaker. Interested in film-making since a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father to become a filmmaker. more…

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